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proposition in gold, silver and copper.
Furthermore, it can be said that the above min eral locations are surrounded by an abundance of timber and have sufficient water the vear around to work any proposition that presents itself. Placer claims have been located, but as bed-rock has never been struck, it is impossible to describe the prospects. Ethan H. Cowles' Organized Mining Camp, Cowles, Montana. Among the many mi ning districts of Park coun ty none are attracting the public attention more than the recent discoveries on Baboon mountain on Basin creek, a tributary of the Boulder river, and about fifty miles southeast of Livingston. The records show that the first gold was discov ered in this locality in 1872 by Professor Hayden and his party; but locations were not made until 1879, when William Langford, Seth Porter and Albert Schmidt, attracted thither by such reports, were suc cessful in opening up some very good leads. Little work was done until 1882, when by the opening of the Crow reserve many new locations w r ere made and development work progressed for a time, but like hundreds of other productive western districts, it has experienced the ebb and flow T of prosperity. During the period from 1888 until 1892 there were no less than seven mills in running operation in this district and the neighboring camps on Independence moun tain, while a flourishing town of several hundred pop ulation was located at the foot of this mountain. The Tecords state that a lead of ore, assaying $20,000"per ton, at one time flourished, and while another propo sition yielded $92,000, the management was so gross that $120,000 was expended in obtainingdt. From such facts'everything was abandoned, not onjiccount of any fault in the ore, but by a misplaced confidence in the workings. From days of placer excitement to the more so ber but not less profitable era of quartz mining, such has been the story of the evolution of these camps up to the 13th of June, 1897, when Ethan H. Cowles arrived at the camps, having purchased the Poorman and Yellow Jacket in the Boulder Organized district for $30,000—both patented mines— and a five-sixths interest in two placer claims, which has since devel oped into his ownership. Some time during the sum mer of 1897 the Livingston National bank of Living ston sold to Mr. Cowles at receiver's sale the Hidden Treasure mine, together with a ten-stamp mill and some improvements, for about $1,000, the mill alone costing originally $10,000. In working his placer mines during the latter part of September, 1898, Mr. Cowdes discovered a lead to his Hidden Treasure, calling it Hidden Treas ure No. 2. Up to date he has uncovered this vein 48 feet wide and 200 feet long, not knowing its depth— C~zs£i*f ■ i » *>% : « ^ * » 3 lfe, y.. r i i '., v i./♦ il--,: i .. & < wa . m m W&Z fk. iji. wm y V-*- A - ac a Ke " ' A ■ a " ÄÄgWfc ** * •T-5. V. ■ i—MÉL ■..... * COOKE CITY, MONTANA. <* V ûr t • ^vVji S >.*T * A it ti u |JRi *$V V v u" ♦EL '*B- *%#** XV * } to.' , - * ,s £Hk^ 4*i -, r . > 5? ■irtf' n* -aw » r*v* '* *_*<■ ff JZ,** S -w •>* ■r > •;V> HT > at* I Tt v î i-i*nf r I 1 COWLES' PLACER MINE. the deeper into the earth, the richer it becomes. During the summer of 1899 he took up a fractional claim between Hidden Treasure and The Daisy, call ing it Hidden Treasure No. 3, also making a reloca tion of an abandoned claim, calling it Hidden Treas ure No. 4. The entire property of Cowles' Camp should have been named "Visible Treasure" instead of Hidden Treasure, as its entire surface is either paying placer or gold-bearing rock, including twelve quartz and three placer claims. When first purchased, the ten-stamp mill was situated some distance from the mine, and Mr. CowTes at once began to lay plans for removing it nearer to the mine and thereby lessen the exjiense of working the ore, finally concluding tliat the proper place would be 110 feet down the hill from the Hid den Treasure mine. This mill when completed and in running order will be fitted up with the most modern machinery, the ore needing no handling un til it comes out as concentrates. Among his latest improvements is the Eureka process for treating pulp, and a Cammett concentrator. As the property lias exceeded the wildest expectations of its owner, he is now drawing the plans for an additional forty-stamp mill fitted upon the same plan as the present active one. When Mr. Cowles took possession of this min ing proposition it can be said tliat he knew nothing of the mining industry; but owing to his persever ance and decisive method of procedure, it is evident tliat he now lias a well-assured fortune at his feet. Authorities on mining came from afar to examine the property, and his mines have already received a wide reputation. Its startling possibilities were brought about by no expert or none other than Mr. Cowles himself, who lias triumphed in spite of the many failures before him.